Is the New Castlevania an anime?

Is Castlevania anime?

Castlevania follows the story of Trevor Belmont, a member of the Belmont clan, as he sets out to defeat the powerful vampire Count Dracula. Dracula, grief-stricken by the death of his wife, seeks revenge on humanity and unleashes his demonic army to plunge the world into darkness.

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Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – 2008 (Courtesy of Konami), one of the modern iterations of the endowed Castlevania Game series.

From its very first episode, Castlevania was more than pitting the good guys against the bad guys. Over the four seasons, we not only see the triumph of good over evil, but we also catch a glimpse of Dracula losing his mind after humans took away something precious from him and turned him into an unstoppable genocidal man.

In general, something led to the actions of everyone, but the antagonist decided to blame everyone for the actions of a few while the protagonist decides to save everyone in spite of the actions of a few.

The Castlevania series will return to Netflix for a new spin-off called Castlevania: Nocturne. While a release date isn’t confirmed yet, the new series will focus on Richter Belmont, star of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night. 

As Castlevania gains more fame every day, people have started questioning: Is Castlevania anime? or is it an American dream project?


The lines are blurry because  Castlevania was made by an American studio after the famous Japanese video game, therefore, it’s hard to tell whether it could be considered an anime. The scales tip in favor of it not being an anime though for the following reasons-

  1. It is made by Netflix and you can’t find Castlevania on MyAnimeList, a platform that is a kind of deciding judge for discerning the checklist of being an anime.
  2. The art style of anime started in Japan and animations created outside of Japan may be inspired by anime, but that doesn’t mean they are one.
  3. For Japanese people, anime is a blanket term for all animated works. But outside of Japan, they are just animations, indifferent from other cartoons.
Is Castlevania anime?
Castlevania (Courtesy of Powerhouse Animation)

In an interview, co-founder Brad Graeber and creative director Sam Deats of Powerhouse Animation had the following outlook when they were asked the same question; is Castlevania anime?

“There’s always the debate about whether a studio in the US that’s anime-influenced is, in itself, anime. And I’ll let other people decide. But the artists and animators here, obviously being heavily influenced by anime, it was easy for us to inject that look and feel into the show.

It’s tricky because people classify it by geography or style. That’s up to the person. But people need to get used to it. My generation was heavily influenced by Looney Tunes, the Disney films, that kind of thing. The talent that’s coming in now is influenced by anime. And there are amazing American artists whose style would usually be categorized as anime, but they’re brilliant animation directors.

I think any artist that’s been doing this for a while will tell you the same thing, that they are the sum of their influences. And if you’ve grown up being influenced by anime-style work, then that’s going to be the look and feel of the work that you’re doing.”


Castlevania is an indisputably amazing work of art, regardless of its questionable status of belonging in the anime genre. Anyone who’s a fan of anime can draw comparisons and still enjoy this masterpiece without finding many differences.

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